Q: What does Sacred Scripture actually tell us about the creation of the world, and was man’s creation somehow different in some way?

The Question

Q: What does Sacred Scripture actually tell us about the creation of the world, and was man’s creation somehow different in some way?

A: God created all that is! Everything came from nothingness, because God willed it into being.

OLD TESTAMENT

In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth… Genesis 1:1

NEW TESTAMENT

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was made nothing that has been. John 1:1

Ask yourself, from where did the Earth come from? It certainly was not made from something pre-existent. The universe in its entirety burst forth from a mighty power and continues to amaze us in its “design.” Every Spring I plant my vegetables from seed. Am I capable of creating my tomato seed from nothingness? No. I will never be its beginning or end, only God has that capability. God brought it into existence, the best I can do is replicate it.

One of the most definitive and beautiful exhortations about God being the Creator of all creation comes from St. Paul in Romans 1:20;

For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen—his everlasting power also and divinity—being understood through the things that are made.

Indeed, the sanctuary of creation shines forth a reflection of the love and beauty of the One who created it.

What about those “days” of creation we read about, it is a bit perplexing isn’t it?

There is a lot of confusion about God’s creating the world in “six” days, (i.e. 24-hours). Pope Pius X stated:  Although He (God) could have completed the great work (speaking of establishing the world) in a single instant, He willed to expend on it six periods of time which the Holy Scripture calls ‘days’. This is surely a safe opinion as it was by no means a declaration. Creation took as long as it took…taking time over six periods, whatever measurement of time that would entail.

It was the sixth day when God created all the wonderful creatures that would be for humankind our companions and helpers. These living creatures would walk upon the earth along side of humankind in closer connection to us.

AND before the ending of the sixth day, God created man, making a deliberate statement to relay a difference in the work of the divine omnipotence. Up to this point, creation was a reflection of God, possessing a particular good that God imbued it to possess. But, man receives something unique in all creation…he receives the dignity of “personhood,” capable of self knowledge and self possession and free will.

God said, Let us make mankind in our image and likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, over all the wild animals and every creature that crawls on the earth. God created man in his image. In the image of God he created him. Male and female he created them. Genesis 1: 26-27

In my book, this is a “stand alone” statement from the Great I Am, that man is not a product of evolution. He was deliberately made and was not a result of slow moving material energies. The Biblical account tells us that God formed man and breathed life into him, giving him a spiritual principle. Man’s creation was instantaneous.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

God who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. And furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation, he manifested himself to our first parents from the very beginning. He invited them to intimate communion with himself and clothed them with resplendent grace and justice.

Humanity sits within the broader populous of life with the other creatures present upon the planet. We naturally find our proper place in the uniqueness of our own creation as we are made in the image and likeness of God. We have a dialog with God, a partnership reserved for royalty in exercising dominion in the divine name.

We need never forget our origin and our road map:

Man is by nature and vocation a religious being. Coming from God, going toward God, man lives a fully human life only if he freely lives by his bond with God.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

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